Friday, May 29, 2009

Caardvarks Challenge - Shape Up

Buckley our chocolate lab (A.K.A Mr. Buckles, Buckaroo Blue, Big Brown Dog) turned 2 this past weekend! We didn't do anything special :0) But he did get some "panCAKES" for breakfast and a scoop of ice cream for dessert!!

So I decided to make him a birthday card for the Caardvarks challenge! The theme this time was anything but a square or rectangle shaped card. I was into simple mode lately so I had fun departing from that with this one!! I usually have an issue of not knowing when to stop but I didn't care with this card and just kept adding and adding, but I like the finished product!!! I used 4 different stamp sets, some chipboard embellishments, a little stardust glitter pen, some sponging and faux stitching, yada, yada, yada!

I showed him the card, he wasn't too impressed, but he did give me a wet slobbery kiss anyway!! Maybe I'll just hang on to it for another occaision :0)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Art Impressions, Studio G, SU!, The Paper Company Studio
InK: Copics, Memento Black, Ranger Distress Ink, Sakura Stardust glitter pen
Paper: DCWV Pet Stack, DCWV GreenStack, Neenah White, SU!
Accessories: Walmart Chipboard, Michaels Ribbon, Tracing wheel

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge - Glitter Hi!

I created this card with my little niece in mind. She is graduating from Kindergarten in a few weeks!. She is a very girly girl and loves all things pink, pretty and VERY sparkly !!
The letters were created using SU! sticky letters and some raspberry colored glitter. Peel off the back side, stick it to the PP, peel off the front side, pour on the glitter and you're done! I added a little foam sparkly flower to dot the "i" and to coordinate with the lighter pink ribbon.
I think she'll like it, hope you do to :0) Have a great day and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

KWerner Challenge #53

I can't believe it's been a week already since the last post! We had family in for the long weekend which meant that I had to start preparing a couple days in advance. Which is another way of saying I had to pick up and store ALL of my stamp stuff!!

But, Oh my what a nice surprise to find out my last card made one of the top picks for KWerners color challenge round-up!! Thanks to everyone that left such nice comments, they are always so fun to read and very much appreciated :0)

So here's my card for this weeks color challenge, and a challenge it was! They are all such bold bright colors it was hard to figure out how to use them all without overpowering the card. I'm sure there are some great examples out there and I can't wait to peruse them all.

I decided to use the colors in small amounts and leave white as the main color. I just got this numbers embossing folder for my Cuttlebug and thought it would make a great b-day card. And I love this "Cheeky Trim" I got from Making Memories - too fun!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: SU!
Ink: Staz On Black
Paper: SU!
Accessories: Cuttlebug, embossing folder, Nestabilities, Making Memories trim

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Watermelon and Monsters ?!

Created this card for the Paper Makeup Stamps Monday Challenge. The challenge this week was to use Watermelon green and pink/red with a splash of black and white. I pulled out Dreck, my favorite one-eyed monster, and stamped him next to a huge stack of presents. I thought this sentiment from Rosie's Roadshow fit nicely with the scene. However, I don't think one could ever have too many presents :0) The picture is a little dark, might try to retake it this afternoon in all the beautiful sunshine we have :0)

Thanks for stopping by and have a geat day!

Stamps: Paper Makeup Stamps, Rosies Roadshow, Studio G
Ink: Memento black, copics
Paper: SU!
Ribbon: Michaels
Accessories: Nestabilities, Cuttlebug

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

KWerner Challenge #52

When I saw KWerners color challenge yesterday, I wasn't too sure how I was going to put all of those colors together. But when I saw this adorable embelishment fro Paperbilities already in So Saffron with a More Mustard mane, I knew right away I was going to make a baby card and the Baja Breeze fit right in!!
I have been loving the Baja Breeze paper a lot this past week, so have many of the challenges out there! You can scroll through the last few posts to see other ways I've used it. I think this is probably one of the quickest cards I have ever made. I bet you I was done in 5-10 minutes tops! Gotta love it - now that's a record for me :0) Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: SU!
Ink: SU! White
Paper: SU!
Accessories: Paperbilities sticker, Michaels ribbon, Paper piercer

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #6

I needed to make a belated Mother's day card today (I'm behind on everything!) So I thought I would try to incorporate Dawn McVey's color challenge into my card. Although my Mom would probably have preferred purple instead of Berry Sorbet, I think she'll like this card just the same :0). I really wanted to try a different ribbon treatment, I think the card looks a little heavy on the right side, but my sewing machine crapped out on me :0( Need to get that fixed in a hurry. I'm missing it way too much! I think the card is pretty self explanatory. Not a lot of oohs and aahs, I created the flower by just cutting out some circles in 3 different sizes with the nestabilities and scrunched them up to give them a worn look. The button in the center is actually white, but looks pink in the pic. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Verve
Ink: Memento Brown
Paper: SU!
Accessories: SU!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Baby Card

Was playing around and made a card last night. I found this idea on Odette's website. She makes some unbelievably beautiful baby cards. When I saw this little baby bib card I just had to try it out. Very little sttamping was done, just the little tag was stamped with a Studio G dollar stamp set I got at Michaels. The adorable little sticker was from a pack of Paperbilities 3-D stickers. The pp was from My Minds Eye. The shape was cut out with nestabilities and a Cuttlebug

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vellum/Acetate Monthly Card Challenge

This months card challenge with my friends at work was to create a card using acetate or vellum. I decided to use a technique I saw first posted by Linda Bullard on SCS where she embossed on vellum to give a 3-D effect.
I first stamped the turtle from SU! Nature Prints on cardstock weight vellum with Brown Staz -on ink. Then I flipped the image over onto a foam mouse pad and embossed the turtle with a stylus tool. I went around the whole shell and then just emobossed the little spots. It is hard to see the effect in the photos, but it turned out really cool. Great texture and feels really neat! I colored the turtle itself on the front side of the vellum with SU! markers and the background (blue and brown) was colored on the backside of the vellum. Coloring on the backside gives a softer muted color. However, the turtle wasn't green enough for me when I tried coloring him on the backside. The brown paper is actually mulberry. I was trying to give a more natural feel to the card. The inside of the card is stamped with a sentiment that read "Take time to enjoy the simple things in life". I don't usually make masculine cards, but I think this fits that category. Thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: SU! Nature Prints, Northwoods Stamp Co.
Ink: Staz On Brown, Su! Markers
Paper: The Paper Company, SU!, Watercolor paper from WM
Accessoreis: Brads, Ribbon - SU!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mojo Monday on Sunday!

Second post for the day!! Holy Moly, looks like some mommy got to spend some time doing what she really likes to do :0) Yep - was in my PJ's until about 1:00 p.m. stamping away before we headed off to my sons baseball game. I would've posted tomorrow, but I needed to get it uploaded to Mr. Linky before the clock ran out.

It's the 1st week of May so that means there are free stamps at stake for this weeks Mojo Monday challenge! For this card I used two sets from the Verve April release - my first purchase from this great company. Their images are so versatile and bold - love 'em. So who wouldn't want more ?!?!?. All of the paper is coodinating My Mind's Eye paper. I found them on clearance at a local craft store. They even had coordinating die cuts and clear acetate pieces that I just couldn't refuse :0) Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: Verve
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics
Paper: SU! My Mind's Eye
Accessories: Making Memories Ribbon, Paper Studio buttons, sewing tracing wheel

A Sunday Full of Challenges

(ETA: Thanks to Lauren for pointing out that my card met the qualifications for one of the Moxie Fab World challenges currently going on! Whoo Hoo 4 challenges with one card :0) )

I got a lot accomplished with this card! 4 challenges in one!! I'm listing them all and providing links for your blurfing enjoyment :0)

1. SFYTT - Jen Del Muros weekly sketch challenges are always fun to participate in. She comes up with some excellent layouts. I love looking at everyones interpretation.

2. Caardvarks - The challenge going on right now is to use a verse or quote in your design. A winner will be chosen to receive a release set from Unity Stamps!

3. Paper Makeup Stamps - In celebration of their recent release, they are issuing a color challenge. The colors to use are Baja Breeze/Bashful blue (Light blue), black, white, and gray (optional) A winner will be chosen to receive a $10 gift certificate to PMS!!

4. Moxie Fab Rainy Day Challenge - Create an encouragement card with a rainy day theme.

I paired my fav rainy day girl designed by Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper with a sentiment from Paper Makeup Stamps. I think she may be an all time favorite of mine :0) I never get tired of coloring her!

Happy Moms day to all the wonderful moms out there. I wish everyday my mom lived closer. Love you Mom!!

Stamps: Paper Makeup Stamps, Whipper Snapper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Paper: Su! DCWV embossed cards
Accessories: Cuttlebug, nestabilities, coluzzle, ribbon - Michaels, bling -??, sewing tracing wheel

Thursday, May 7, 2009

KWerner Challenge #51

Here is my submission for KWerners color challenge. It's been awhile, so it felt good to be able to play. The cupcake is a 4 part die cut from SU! After everything was punched out in the coordinating colors, I crimped the bottom half and embossed the top half of the cupcake to give it some dimension. Don't you think it looks like swirly frosting :0) ?? The sentiment is a rubon from SU! as well. I used a Sakura stardust glitter gel pen to color in the flames and sprinkles to give it some sparkle. Finally, the faux stitching is a sewing tracing wheel. It has a longer handle and is much easier to direct and use than the Cutter Bees.
Thanks for stopping by!

No stamps, No ink!!!
Paper: All SU!
Accessories: Cupcake die, RubOns- SU!, Cuttlebug embossing folder, crimper, ribbon- Walmart, sewing tracing wheel, Sakura stardust glitter pen

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Blogger Award

I was very excited to receive the Lemonade Stand Award from my friend and stamper extraordinaire Tiffany. You can view her amzaing creations here.

The award is given to those that show positive attitude and gratitude daily.

Now Iit's my turn to chose 5-10 bloggers that I feel are worthy :0) . The ladies listed below are not only talented, but they are also gratious and have a postive attitude. They have either provided wonderful (very appreciated) comments to my blog entries, provided inspiration in their designs,and make me laugh and smile with snap shot posts into their daily lives. Thank you for sharing with me and for being wonderful!

Visit their blogs for your own inspiration.

The rules of the award: To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:- Comment on this blog.- Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.- Link to your nominees within your blog post.- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.- Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

MFT Idol Challenge - Inspired By SFYTT

This weeks MFT Idol Challenge was to create a card with the theme "women that inspire you" also as an added twist - use the colors pink and brown! I used this weeks SFYTT for the layout inspiration.

I decided to use the "How Sweet" MFT WTG set. Sometimes us miraculous women just need to kick off our shoes, kick up our heels . . . and eat a whole box of chocolates!! It's amazing how some of lifes worries can disappear with a bite . . . or two :0) And I thought the sentiment included with the set is perfect for my take on who inspires me . . . my sisters! Whether it be my two amazing siblings with their outgoing, do anything attitudes, or my girlfirends around me that inspire me daily with their ability to "do it all and make it look easy". Each one has touched my life for the better.

"Hugs and Kisses" to them all!!

Stamps: My Favorite Things
InK: Memento black, Copic markers
Paper: SU!
Accessories: Buttons- Paper Studio, Ribbon - SU!